Keep pets safe on July 4
Independence Day means lots of unusual noise and resulting agitation and fear for many animals. This can make July 5 the busiest day of the year for animal control professionals.
“We all love the 4th of July and summer outings, but it can be a difficult time for cats, dogs and other pets,” noted Sally Hazzard, SEAACA Executive Director. "It is important to take special care of your pets as you would with all family members. With a few simple precautions, we can make it safe for our pets and celebrate without worry,” she added.
- Beware of fireworks. Pets are easily frightened by the explosions. DO NOT take your pet to a firework show or even a neighborhood gathering.Keep your pet indoors (not leashed in a yard) during the holiday weekend in a comfortable, escape-proof room with bed, food and water. Leave a radio or television playing in the background. This can serve as a distraction and offer a sense of comfort for your pet.
- Call your vet. Sedatives can be prescribed by your veterinarian for those highly excitable pets likely to suffer extreme anxiety from the fireworks.
- Never leave animals tethered or chained outside. In their fright and distress, they can injure themselves. Cats should be indoors.
- Protect pets from the heat. Never leave them in an unattended parked car. Keep them in the shade with plenty of water. Remember, if the asphalt is too hot for your bare feet, it's too hot for your pet's paws.
- Place identification on pets. Micro-chipping is a good idea for those pets that seem to always escape from their collars. SEAACA offers low-cost micro-chipping for your pet! Your pet’s information will be registered in a national database so no matter where you travel, your pet can be identified.
- No picnic table and grill scraps--and watch the alcohol. Human food such as bones, onions, avocado, grapes and raisins should be off limits at all times to your dog. Some human food may be toxic or dangerous if ingested and cause stomach upset. Be sure alcoholic drinks are out of reach; if ingested, your pet could become very intoxicated and weak.
- Parents should supervise children. They are not likely to understand the adverse effects that fireworks have on pets and may accidentally let the family pet out.
- If a pet turns up missing, visit SEAACA the very next day. If you don’t see your pet there, keep looking. They may have strayed quite far trying to escape the fireworks.
Additionally, increased staff will be on duty at SEAACA immediately following the holiday to help rescue any lost pets. Call SEAACA at 562-803-3301 for assistance and to report any loose dogs. Any acts of animal cruelty should also be reported to SEAACA immediately.